University of Dundee

BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship

The programme is a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Stirling and St Andrews; as well as SRUC, Mordun, IBiolC and the JHI.  The Partnership was created in response to the establishment of BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships to provide PhD training in areas of strategic relevance to the BBSRC.  The DTP scheme will provide students with excellent cross-disciplinary research training in line with the current BBSRC strategy for research support and training.

The key elements of the programme consist of:

  • Structured training and mentoring programme: High-level Bioscience training (e.g. Systems Biology, Data Analysis) and Generic Skills training
  • Interactive discussion groups across the partnership based upon research themes
  • 3-month professional internship outside of academia
  • PhD projects in laboratories run by internationally renowned scientists
  • Competitive stipend at the UKRI minimum (£15,609 for 21/22), £5000 per year towards research training costs, tuition fees covered
  • Attendance at EASTBIO annual symposium

More information on the programme can be found on the EASTBIO website.


UKRI-funded studentships are open to students worldwide. The proportion of international students appointed through the EASTBIO DTP is capped at 30%.  All students must meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the UKRI Terms and Conditions (see TGC 5.2). To find out whether you would be classed as an International student, please see full residency criteria in Annex B of the accompanying guidance.

How to Apply

We are now welcoming applications for September 2022 Entry. Please ensure you read the below guidance carefully before you start your application

You must contact potential supervisors to discuss the project before you apply, you can view our available projects and associated supervisors here 

After you have discussed the projects of interest to you with the project supervisors, please send the following documentation to

  • Fully completed EASTBIO Application Form (see files on the right hand side of this page). We encourage candidates to include on their application form the reasons that they are applying to EASTBIO and what interests them about this particular programme
  • A copy of your transcripts of degrees to date (including interim transcripts if available, these should be in a pdf format, not provided as a link)

As part of your application, you must also complete the EASTBIO Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Survey

EASTBIO requires references from two academic/professional referees, please send send the EASTBIO Reference Form (see files on the right hand side of this page) to each of your referees and ask them to submit their completed forms to by the application deadline.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents are sent to us before the deadline, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline - 29th April 2022.

Interviews - Online interviews will take place in May 2022 with awards made the following week.